Natl Heritage Day events a mystery Govt gives no public notices or

Posted On Sep 17 2019 by

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, October 7, 2016 – Monday is National Heritage Day, a public holiday in the Turks and Caicos Islands yet there is no detailed public information coming from Government about the events surrounding the holiday which usually features a National Honors Ceremony and raise your flag motorcades.There are no venues, nor times, nor locations to share with you at this point.  National Heritage Day replaces Columbus Day for the second year now, and is a PNP Government initiative to elevate national pride… however, when it comes to the main festivity, there was no list of honorees issued this year but we have been informed that at least two former chief ministers will be awarded for their time in office, longevity in service.Both Oswald Skippings and Derek Taylor will be medalled on Monday at the ceremony set at Parade Grounds in Grand Turk.  The men, and likely others who will be celebrated had been informed by the Committee, which falls under the Office of the Premier, since September of their coming national prize.There had been a call since June for nominations by the Committee, chaired by Willett Swann in six categories namely:  The Order of National Hero; The Order of Turks and Caicos Islands; The Patriotic Award; The Long Service Medal; The Meritorious Award and the National Young Achievers Medal. Related Items:both skippings and taylor will medalled at the national heroes day festivities, no venue-time – or location for national heroes day celebration as yet Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more


High school students compete in Rotary Club 33 Speech Contest

Posted On Sep 17 2019 by

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSome local teens took on the challenge of public speaking under some big pressure Thursday.High school students competed in the 4th round of the San Diego Rotary Club’s 33rd Speech Contest.Participants selected a topic they are passionate about, along with guidelines set by the Rotary Club.The purpose is to inspire the kids to have the courage to speak in front of a group and build confidence. Posted: April 26, 2018 High school students compete in Rotary Club 33 Speech Contest Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom April 26, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more


Source Interlink names John Marriott Head of Business Intelligence Division

Posted On Sep 14 2019 by

first_imgAs media companies continue to expand, offering customers and advertising clients more options to buy and sell wares, the collection of consumer data grows as well. To harness this data across its portfolio of products, enthusiast publisher Source Interlink Media created an initiative called Business Intelligence. This division, which exists in the Media and Sales & Logistics divisions at SIM, was launched to offer advertisers a holistic view of their target consumers’ interests and buying habits, by better integrating various data sources in-house for more strategic monetization of consumer-based data.John Marriott, senior vice president and general manager of Motor Trend Auto Shows, is now heading up the initiative as Business Intelligence’s senior vice president. His duties with Motor Trend Auto Shows will remain the same as he takes on the role of working with the Business Intelligence teams. Marriott says this is an opportunity borne of Source’s ability to work with consumers over an extended cycle of interest growth and product purchasing, “We’re trying to latch together all that data about those touch points, to track people as they move through the purchase funnel, in order to compare the behaviors between our customers and start to spot emerging trends, rather than seeing things that happened.” For Marriott, the end goal is directly tied to the advertisers currently working with SIM, “We want to begin to be at a position to see things as they happen, and eventually be able to employ some predictive modeling that will enable us to look forward and to spot things, which we can then present to the manufacturers.”Working with chief technology officer Raghu Bala, Marriott will put together a team of data mining staffers, database developers and statisticians. He says his first staffer is set to start next week, and the team will continue to grow over time.“What I’m excited about is getting to the point where we can really start applying statistical analysis on this vast amount of data, so we can start predicting and seeing those predictions come true, both for our internal staff and our advertisers,” Marriott says. “If we can help them better understand what their customers are saying about their products, how they’re viewing them and comparing them to other products, I think that’s going to generate a lot of value.”last_img read more


Over 3500 Amazon staffers urge company to step up climate change fight

Posted On Sep 10 2019 by

first_img Share your voice Amazon employees urge the company to take more aggressive actions on climate crisis.  Alexander Pohl via Getty Images Amazon employees want the company to put more effort into fighting climate change.In an open letter to CEO Jeff Bezos and the company’s board published Wednesday, 3,541 Amazon employees ask the e-commerce giant to take more aggressive actions on climate change.”Amazon has the resources and scale to spark the world’s imagination and redefine what is possible and necessary to address the climate crisis,” reads the letter. “We believe this is a historic opportunity for Amazon to stand with employees and signal to the world that we’re ready to be a climate leader.”The staff members included a to-do list for Amazon in the letter. They asked the company to make a corporation-wide plan to reach 100% renewable energy in a timely manner, to stop selling Amazon’s cloud service to the oil and gas companies so they won’t expand fossil fuel extraction, to stop donating to regulators who vote against climate legislation and more.  In response, an Amazon spokesperson said the company has launched several major and impactful programs and is “working hard to integrate this approach fully across Amazon.””Our dedication to ensuring that our customers understand how we are addressing environmental issues has been unwavering — we look forward to launching more work and sharing more this year,” the spokesperson said in an email.  Tags Tech Industry Politics Now playing: Watch this: This isn’t the first time Amazon employees voiced their concerns over the company’s business conduct. Last June, the e-commerce giant’s staff wrote to Bezos to stop selling facial recognition technology to US law enforcement. They feared how the company’s Rekognition software would be used by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Department of Homeland Security in the current political climate. “In our mission to become ‘Earth’s most customer-centric company,’ we believe our climate impact must be a top consideration in everything we do,” wrote the staff. “We have the power to shift entire industries, inspire global action on climate, and lead on the issue of our lifetimes.”Originally published April 10, 11:13 a.m. PT.Update, 1:04 p.m. PT: Adds statement from Amazon spokesperson.  8 Amazon kills plans for NYC headquarters 4:00 Comments Amazon Jeff Bezoslast_img read more


Nach Baliye 9 Raveena Tandon floored by Anita Hassanandani Rohit Reddy performance

Posted On Sep 5 2019 by

first_imgThe first episode of Nach Baliye 9 just aired and we are still recovering from the high energy of the entire episode. Anita Hassanandani Ready and Rohit Reddy who are deemed as the strongest contestants on the show gave us one of the most power-packed performances of the episode filled with ample amount of oomph, parkour, aerial and lifts.With feathers, frills, and voluminous hair the couple looked every bit from the 70s. They danced to the quintessential cabaret number by Helen, ‘Piya Tu Ab To Aaja’ which compelled the audiences, judges, and co-contestants to stand up and dance. Apart from the act that caught judges Raveena Tandon and Ahmed Khan’s by surprise was Rohit’s confidence and dance on the stage.A non-dancer, Rohit had earlier mentioned that he was made to stand behind at his wedding sangeet performance. Just like the judges, we refuse to believe that story. He looked every bit made for the stage and camera, Raveena shocked and surprised said, ‘I am flabbergasted, I couldn’t take my eyes off Rohit, he completely owned the performance, Rohit was like an atom bomb that burst on stage.’ She ended with telling Anita, ‘Aapke ghar mai hi competition hai’ (The competition is in your house)Anita, popular for her roles in Yeh Hai Mohabbatein and Naagin, was offered the show previously as well. “Anita was approached even in the earlier seasons, however, it didn’t materialise. This year, the makers have offered her a good amount to participate in the show, which she couldn’t refuse,” BollywoodLife quoted her as saying.In an interaction with IANS, Anita had opened up about her desire to be a part of the show and was quoted as saying, “I love to dance and I always wanted to be a part of Nach Baliye but couldn’t take it up earlier owing to prior commitments.”We wish them all the luck for their upcoming performances.last_img read more


Bangladeshi influx Pakistans proxy war Indian army chief

Posted On Sep 3 2019 by

first_imgIndian army chief General Bipin Rawat India’s army chief General Bipin Rawat has claimed that a planned ‘influx of people from Bangladesh’ into India’s north-eastern region is underway as part of a ‘proxy war’ being waged by Pakistan with support from China.The Times of India quoted the Indian army chief as saying that an increase in the Muslim population was due to an increased number of immigrants ‘from Bangladesh’.He pointed at the ‘faster’ growth of the Badruddin Ajmal-led AIUDF (All India United Democratic Front) in Assam, according to the report.”There’s a party called AIUDF. If you look at it, they’ve grown in a faster time-frame than the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) grew over the years,” said General Rawat, while referring to the BJP winning only 2 seats in 1984.He was addressing a conference on bridging gaps and securing borders in the Northeast region of India.According to ToI, the army chief also claimed that the proxy game was being “executed by Pakistan, with support from China to keep the area disturbed.””They’ll always try and ensure that this area is taken over, playing the proxy dimension of warfare,” he said.last_img read more


Catalans to hold general strike as crisis deepens

Posted On Sep 3 2019 by

first_imgSome 500 people demonstrate in Perpignan on 2 October 2017 to protest against police violence during a banned independence referendum in the Catalan region in Spain. Photo: AFPLarge numbers of Catalans are expected to observe a general strike on Tuesday to condemn police violence at a banned weekend referendum on independence, as Madrid comes under growing international pressure to resolve its worst political crisis in decades. Flights and train services could be disrupted as well as port operations, after unions called for the stoppage to “vigorously condemn” the police response to the poll, in which Catalonia’s leader said 90 percent of voters backed independence from Spain.Barcelona’s public universities are expected to join the strike, as is the contemporary art museum, football club FC Barcelona and the Sagrada Familia, the basilica designed by Antoni Gaudi and one of the city’s most popular tourist sites.“I am convinced that this strike will be widely followed,” Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont said ahead of the protest.The central government has vowed to stop the wealthy northeastern region, which accounts for a fifth of Spain’s GDP, breaking away from Spain and has dismissed Sunday’s poll as unconstitutional and a “farce”.Violent scenes played out in towns and cities across the region on Sunday as riot police moved in on polling stations to stop people from casting their ballots, in some cases charging with batons and firing rubber bullets to disperse crowds.UN rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said he was “very disturbed” by the unrest while EU President Donald Tusk urged Madrid to avoid “further use of violence”.The European Parliament will hold a special debate on Wednesday on the issue.“We call on all relevant players to now move very swiftly from confrontation to dialogue. Violence can never be an instrument in politics,” European Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas said, breaking weeks of virtual EU silence on the Catalan issue.Residents in many cities briefly stopped work at midday on Monday and descended onto the streets in silent, solemn protest.In Barcelona, municipal police said about 15,000 people stopped traffic as they rallied, many draped in the blue, yellow and red Estelada flag used by Catalan separatists, shouting “the streets will always be ours”.“This was the norm under Franco!” the crowd chanted, referring to former dictator Francisco Franco whose 1939-75 regime repressed Catalan language and culture.Emergency talksThe government of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy held emergency talks after Puigdemont declared Sunday that Catalonia had “won the right to an independent state”.Puigdemont has appealed for international mediation to help solve the crisis and called for police deployed to Catalonia from other parts of Spain for the vote to be removed.The regional government said 2.26 million people took part in the poll, or just over 42 percent of the electorate.But any attempt to unilaterally declare independence is likely to be opposed not just by Madrid but also a large section of the Catalan population, a region of 7.5 million people that is deeply split on the issue.Puigdemont has said he will now present the results to the region’s parliament, where separatist lawmakers hold a majority, and which has the power to adopt a motion of independence.The Catalan leader said close to 900 people had received medical attention, though regional authorities confirmed a total of 92 injured. Four were hospitalised, two in serious condition.Videos posted on social media showed police dragging voters from polling stations by their hair, throwing people down stairs and attacking Catalan firefighters protecting polling stations.Magdalena Clarena Dabant, a 70-year-old grandmother, described a “brutal” incident when she decided to join “passive resistance” in her village to prevent the Guardia Civil police from seizing a ballot box.“To stop them, many voters sat on the floor, I sat on a chair. They told me to go away, I responded I wouldn’t move.“They grabbed me by the arm, strongly, and I fell on the floor. In hospital they told me I had the wrist broken.”last_img read more


Parents of baby Benito Mussolini get court summons

Posted On Sep 3 2019 by

first_imgParents of Benito Mussolini, a 14-month old baby, have been summoned to appear in an Italian court over their son’s controversial name, according to a newspaper report.Young Benito is named after one of his grandfathers, a common enough practise in Italy.The problem is that the family name is Mussolini, making the child the namesake of the World War II era fascist dictator, no relation.The unusual name has now come to the attention of a court in the northern city of Genoa, according to the daily Gazzetta di Parma, among concerns for the child’s welfare in later years.For Italians the issue recalls the debate generated by the 2015 film “Il nome del figlio” (“An Italian Name), an Italian adaptation of a French film, in which a man wants to call his son Benito.The issue also has echoes of a court case in Milan brought against parents who called their child “Blu” (Blue), a name which the local prosecutor took exception to.last_img read more


Sunny days as Sesame Street at SeaWorld Orlando makes its debut

Posted On Aug 19 2019 by

first_imgTags: Openings & Renovations, SeaWorld, SeaWorld Orlando << Previous PostNext Post >> Sunny days as Sesame Street at SeaWorld Orlando makes its debut Share Thursday, March 28, 2019 center_img ORLANDO — Sesame Street at SeaWorld Orlando has opened with everyone’s favourite Sesame Street friends along with the iconic Sesame Street neighbourhood including Abby Cadabby’s Garden, Big Bird’s Nest, Mr. Hooper’s Store and the famous 123 Stoop.  The debut of this highly-anticipated, six-acre world class attraction is the largest Sesame Street land inside of any of the SeaWorld parks and an exciting part of Sesame Street’s year-long 50th anniversary celebration. Sesame Street’s Elmo, Abby Cadabby and Rosita kicked off the opening at a special preview event earlier this week. “We are thrilled to officially welcome guests to walk down Sesame Street for the very first time in the theme park capital of the world,” says Mark Pauls, President of SeaWorld Orlando. “This highly-anticipated, immersive new land is the largest Sesame Street land inside of any of our SeaWorld parks. With over 30 new ways to play and an award-winning parade, this is a new land that guests of all ages will love, and we are excited to share it with the world.”Scott Chambers, Senior Vice President/General Manager, North America Media and Licensing, Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind the iconic brand, says that theme parks “represent one of the most powerful ways for families to engage with and delight in the Sesame Street characters.”Chambers adds that “Sesame Street at SeaWorld Orlando will enable us to establish deeper connections with even more families while helping the Workshop sustain its nonprofit and educational mission.”In addition to several educational interactive experiences, Sesame Street at SeaWorld Orlando includes six colourful, themed rides: Abby’s Flower Tower, Cookie Drop!, Slimey’s Slider,  Big Bird’s Twirl ‘n’ Whirl, Elmo’s Choo Choo Train and Super Grover’s Box Car Derby.  Super Grover’s Box Car DerbyAnother favorite of the new land is the Rubber Duckie Water Works wet play area.  Scheduled daily highlights in the neighborhood include Storytime with Big Bird at his nest and the Sesame Street Party Parade. Storytime with Big BirdSesame Street at SeaWorld Orlando is also serving up fun favourites at Eats on the Street, featuring food trucks and a specialty drink stand. Guests can take home mementos from Mr. Hooper’s Store, which features plush characters, apparel, collectible pins and more, available only at Sesame Street at SeaWorld. Elmo’s Interactive Light-Up Bubble Wand unlocks hidden surprises, special effects and exclusive content throughout the street. And a visit to Photos with Elmo and Friends provides backstage access to Sesame Street friends with meet and greet opportunities. Travelweek Group Posted bylast_img read more